The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says only certified quality products with Products Authentication Mark (PAM) will be allowed in circulation in the country.
The Director-General of SON, Mr Osita Aboloma, made the remarks at one day sensitisation seminar for manufacturers and importers from the North-West and North-East in Kaduna.
The theme of the seminar is: “Product Authentication Mark (PAM).”
Aboloma, represented by the Regional Coordinator, North-West region, Mr Dauda Yakubu, said that PAM would be affixed on certified products.
“It means that only certified quality products will be in circulation.
“On our part, we solemnly resolved that we will continue to aid and support genuine businessmen through our quality assurance and sensitisation activities.”
According to him, SON is poised toward ensuring that a level playing field is created for our manufacturers, importers, traders, exporters as well as the product end-users.
“This effort must ensure that genuine business persons are not disadvantaged by persons who engage in manufacture, importation and sales of substandard products in the country.
“This is more reason why the agency recently stepped up sensitisation programme on Ease of Doing Business, the operative of consumer engagement,” he said.
Aboloma said that the law has given SON enormous powers, which would only be exercised with diligence through our stakeholders’ engagement, awareness creation and enforcement in the course of implementing PAM scheme.
The director-general called on consumers to always have a robust engagement and watch out for genuine products with SON certification logos.
Earlier, the Coordinator of SON in Kaduna State, Mr Datti Danlami, said that the programme was aimed at ensuring strong relationship for mutual benefits.
Danlami said that the programme would protect genuine manufacturers and importers from faking and adulteration of products by ensuring that only certified products were in the market.
“The sensitisation on Product Authentication Mark (PAM) is for you to see the need to key into this laudable policy of government, which purpose is to protect your business,” Danlami said.